029 Fighting Anorexia – Going back to Work

by Anne-Sophie

in Podcast


In this episode of Fighting Anorexia, I talk about going back to work after having been in recovery for a while. Even if you are not recovered yet, but feel better and ready to take on a new project, this topic is designed for you.

I did not want this to happen again, so I decided against a traditional way of starting my career.

There are a few things you should consider before going back to work.

Are you really ready?

I got a job at Starbucks only a few weeks after I came back home from my stay at the treatment facility and I struggled a lot. I made 3 mistakes:

  1. I wasn’t eating properly.
  2. I worked 80%, which was too much for me while still so deep in the hell of my eating disorder.
  3. I I worked with beverages and food.

Here are a few guidelines:

  1. Don`t rush into it! Give yourself time!
  2. You need to eat regularly!
  3. Don’t work in the food area.
    Surrounding yourself with food is a form of torture that only works against you. So, if you are serious about working again, avoid working with food.
  4. Work in a job that has fixed lunch hours and breaks
  5. Determine how many hours you want to work!
    I think that working 40% or 50% is a great way to ease back into the working life and still be able to work on recovery.
  6. If you want to work in a completely new field, do some soul-searching, go crazy here and think outside the box.
    Ask yourself these questions:
    What do I enjoy doing?
    Which skills do I have?
    What would I like to learn?
    How do I want my workday to look like?
    What are my dreams regarding a career?
    Which areas do I see myself working in?
    Would I have to get more training in order to get my dream job?

Write down your first thoughts to these question and you will have made a huge step in the right direction.

Remember: Fighting against your eating disorder is your main job!

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Be Inspired! February 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

The fixed meal times and breaks is a bit of a challenge in my job… regularity would definitely be the best!
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Anne-Sophie February 9, 2012 at 11:52 am

Yes, it would. Is there any way you can change that fact? Could you talk to your boss or maybe plan your hours differently?


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